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  • ISBN: 978-1-4606-1988-9 (HTML)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4606-1987-2 (Print)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4606-1989-6 (PDF)
  • Revised: January 2009
  • Content last reviewed: May 2013
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This guide is provided for your information and convenience only. It is not a legal document. For complete information, refer to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and its regulations.


Discounts are not covered by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). The employer is responsible for deciding whether employees get a discount on products the employer makes or sells, or on services the employer provides. The employer is also the one who determines how much the discount will be.

Dress Codes

The employer is responsible for making decisions about dress codes, uniforms and other clothing requirements--and about who pays for them.

An employer may make a deduction from wages to cover the cost of a uniform or other clothing requirements with the signed, specific written authorization from the employee permitting the deduction and setting out the amount of the deduction.

A dress code cannot violate a collective agreement at the workplace, the Human Rights Code or the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Paid Sick Leave and Bereavement Leave

Some employers have paid plans for sickness, death and other leaves of absence. These plans are not required by the ESA. An employer (or an employer and a union if there's a collective agreement) is able to decide what these plans will be. However, the rules about discrimination in benefit plans may apply to these plans. (See "Benefit Plans," for details.)

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